Jewish Education and Anti-Semitism

Insofar as Jewish education is something more than a code word for instruction in the Jewish religion, what is it and who needs it? There already exists a vast literature on this subject outlining the various aspects of Jewish history…
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Secular Narrative of Jewish History

The key to a durable secular narrative of Jewish history is a correct understanding of the origins of the Hebrews. The main reason for the power and appeal of the religious narrative is that it answers the question: why is the history of the Jewish people so unusual or even unique? Why have two religions, Christianity and Islam, that dominate a large part of the world, been derived from Judaism? Why has the Jewish people been so persecuted and oppressed? The religious answer is that the Jewish people was chosen by God to spread His message around the world and that all the difficulties and accomplishments of the Jewish people derive from this fact. By definition, secular narratives reject this answer, but for the most part they have nothing to put in its place. They generally either deny the uniqueness of Jewish history or ignore it and concentrate on details. This approach has resulted in a wealth of information about all aspects of Jewish history but not in a coherent narrative that can be summarized, condensed and handed down from one generation to another.
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